Galleria Colonna: a jewel revealed only on a Saturday morning

By ItalianGems Last week I finally made it to Rome’s Galleria Colonna to view this fantastic art collection which is only open to the public on Saturday mornings.  Wandering around the ornate, baroque-style rooms of the gallery and admiring the Colonna family’s private art treasures is a glorious way to start the weekend. The gallery, … More Galleria Colonna: a jewel revealed only on a Saturday morning

Rome’s food markets Part 1: gems in the suburbs

By ItalianGems After you’ve visited Rome three to four times and seen the major sights, it’s time to head out into the suburbs and explore a fascinating local food market. If you have a kitchen in the place you are staying you can buy some delicious ingredients for your own attempt at Italian cooking, or … More Rome’s food markets Part 1: gems in the suburbs

Santa Cecilia: a jewel in the backstreets of Trastevere

I took advantage of a spot of sunshine in an otherwise very rainy Rome to return to one of my favourite places in the Trastevere district: the Basilica of Saint Cecilia. The patron saint of musicians, Cecilia was a Roman noblewoman who died a Christian martyr around the late second/early third century, according to legends … More Santa Cecilia: a jewel in the backstreets of Trastevere